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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152022988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152022983
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 11.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Lots of people know the nursery rhyme, "Hey Diddle Diddle," but has anyone ever thought about what happens each night after it's read? The dish runs away with the spoon, and, presumably, they come back later, otherwise the rhyme couldn't go on without them. But one night, when the dish and spoon take off, they simply don't return! The fiddle-playing cat, laughing dog (who turns out to be quite a grump when he's not playing his part), and the sleepy, moon-hopping cow set out to search for their missing friends. Along the way they encounter Little Boy Blue, the spider from "Little Miss Muffet," Humpty Dumpty's repairman, and a big bad wolf. But will they catch up with the dish and the spoon before the next reading? And can all of them dodge the dangers of an after-hours, fairy-tale world?

Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel pick up where the nursery rhyme leaves off in this witty, entertaining romp. Young readers will "laugh to see such sport," as characters from fairy tales and Mother Goose mingle, make puns, and occasionally join forces to find the wandering tableware. The hilarious facial expressions and lively scenes by Janet Stevens invite readers to stay a while on each page. Stevens is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Tops and Bottoms. She and her sister-collaborator have previously teamed up on Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, Shoe Town, and Tumbleweed Stew. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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The creators of Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! here serve up a concoction of visual treats and broad jokes as Cow, Cat and Dog search for their missing colleagues, Dish and Spoon. After previewing a page with the famous rhyme from Mother Goose, the authors showcase an alarmed feline rousing a reluctant Dog and Cow: "EVERYBODY UP! They didn't come back!" The cow, exhausted from his jumping, suggests that they simply eliminate the lost duo from the rhyme altogether: "We could end it, `and the cow took a nap until noon.' " Puns fly freely as the trio begin their search and come to a Hawaiian shirt-sporting fork (in the road), who says that he had spotted the missing characters; the utensil offers to "take a stab at" drawing them a map to aid the quest. Map in hand, the friends encounter an array of nursery-rhyme characters, including Spider, who regrets having frightened away Little Miss Muffet; and Wolf, dressed in a festive apron and bunny slippers, who attempts to lure Dog into a vat of boiling water. Additional stanzas to the original rhyme, which run along the sides of white-framed vignettes, help chronicle the ultimately successful hunt. Droll flourishes fill this Caldecott Honor artist's animated watercolor and colored-pencil pictures, enhanced by photographic and digital elements. Kids will gobble this up. Ages 5-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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My 4 year old son loves this book.
Hilo Foodie
Crummel's sister, Janet Stevens, paints quirky expressions and humorous situations that underscore the story.
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It is one to buy for your kids and to save for the grandkids even.
Kim M Mangelsdorf

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Everybody knows the old familiar nursery rhyme...Hey diddle diddle/The cat and the fiddle/The cow jumped over the moon/The little dog laughed/To see such sport/And the dish ran away with the spoon...Only this time they didn't come back. The cat, dog and cow are beside themselves. What are we going to do without the dish and spoon? Could this be the end of the rhyme? So taking matters into their own hands they set off on an adventure to find their errant tableware. First they literally meet a fork in the road, who saw the dish and the spoon go by. He "takes a stab" at drawing a map to help the trio find their rhyme-mates, which sends them on a hilarious journey, following clues, meeting some helpful, some not so helpful and some downright dangerous characters, while trying to put their rhyme back together again..... Janet Stevens has written a very clever and witty story that will have both youngsters and adults smiling, giggling and finally laughing out loud. Her text, told in hip kid-speak language is full of wordplay, jokes and puns and complemented by Susan Stevens Crummel's large, expressive, colorful illustrations. Kids will really enjoy all the wonderful detail in each picture. Together, they've authored a delightful and humorous book the entire family will enjoy. Perfect for youngsters 5 and older, And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon is a winner!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kim M Mangelsdorf on June 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I recently bought this book for my child and I can't decide who wants to read it more. He is three and says, "It's cool!" and I personally can't get enough of it. The jokes neatly planted in there and the wonderful illustrations makes this book a winner. It is one to buy for your kids and to save for the grandkids even. If you only have a bit of money to spend on a book, choose this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynn G on December 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My 4 1/2 year old daughter absolutely loves this book. We originally borrowed it from the library, but she was heartbroken when it had to be returned. Although we've read it at least a dozen times, the story, familiar nursery rhymes and whimsical, beautiful pictures continue to grasp her interest. Parents will also enjoy this book, since it is written in a manner for both adults and children. I especially like the point where the characters traveling down the path come to a fork in the road, and it is actually a "fork" in the road, which will help them look for "spoon". I am always delighted when my daughter, Kelly, chooses this book for her bedtime selection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on July 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The dish ran away with the spoon! A search is launched by the other characters in this reprise of a famous nursery rhyme. Do you remember - Humpty Dumpty who sat on a wall,- and Little Boy Blue who blew his horn, the Cows, the big bad Wolf and even the Giant and the beanstalk! Clever action emerges as the characters follow a map given to them by the Fork. They have to find the "runaways" so that this nursery rhyme can continue. Color illustrations enhance this enjoyable tale. When you and your children finish having fun with this cute creation, try reading, "Where Do Balloons Go?" by Jaime Lee Curtis, - and "Island in the Sun", by Harry Belafonte.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Ward on July 10, 2002
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My son and I checked this book out from the library when he was about 2 1/2, and he loved it! I did, too. In addition to being fun and clever, with delightful illustrations, the book was a great launching point for further discussions in three areas. First, the word play offers lots of chances for parents to begin explaining jokes, cliches and puns. (And I appreciated that the humor was engaging on both child and adult levels!) Second, the involvement of other Mother Goose characters is a natural lead-in to further reading. In fact, after reading "And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon," we returned to the library for a good Mother Goose collection and went through it looking for now-familiar characters. And third, it is a great way to introduce map-reading skills. My son pretended to draw and read maps after reading this book, and he now understands that miles and directions (north, south, east and west) are ways of expressing where things are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed to see such a sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon."

Until this unique take on the well-known story, the tale has always ended the same, but suddenly there is mayhem in fairytale land when "They didn't come back!" as planned, beginning the rhyme all over again. So cat, dog and cow are off by the light of the silvery moon to discover the fate of the dish and the spoon before all the beloved nighttime stories are turned upside down. If this mystery isn't sorted out, who will ever be able to get a good night's sleep?

Thankfully, the confused trio runs into Fork, who "makes a stab" at drawing a map, one that includes the homes of Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, the Three Bears, the House That Jack Built and even Humpty Dumpty's wall. Lurching from one possible hiding place to the next, cat, dog and cow are soon frustrated, leaving Little Boy Blue behind in hopes of better information from Little Miss Muffet. The trio is fearless, even approaching the Big, Bad Wolf in their quest. Finally, in the most unimaginable place, dish and spoon come crashing into view, although a bit the worse for wear when dish goes all to pieces.

The fanciful illustrations are energetic and humorous, tiny faces charged with the intensity of the hunt for the rest of their rhyme. With happy energy the thoughtful friends traipse all over the Fork's map, not content until reunited with dish and spoon. This colorful romp teaches more than one lesson as friends search for their missing pals: how to read a (scribbled) map, how to assess the intentions of others (like a hungry and devious Wolf!) and the importance of asking for help from others. Now that these enchanting, lifelike animals have intruded upon the kitchen, this particular children's rhyme will never be the same! Luan Gaines/ 2005.
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